Benue State is located in the middle-belt region of Nigeria. It has a 2006 population census of 4.5 million people. Its main capital is Makurdi. The state is dominated by the Idoma and Tiv people, but there are also other tribes such as the Igede, Abakwa, Etulo, Jukun, Igala, Nyifon, and Akweya among others. It is known as the “Food Basket” of the nation because the people are predominantly farmers.
Benue State was carved out of the former Benue-Plateau State in 1976, but a part of it and that of Kwara State was also carved out in 1991 to form the newly created Kogi State. There are 23 local government areas in the state and these are: Agatu, Apa, Buruku, Gboko, Guma, Gwer East, Gwer West, Katsina-Ala, Konshisha, Kwande, Logo, Makurdi, Obi, Ogbadibo, Ohimini, Oju, Okpokwu, Otukpo, Tarka, Ukum, Ushongo, and Vandeikya LGAs.
Located in Kwande Local Government area is the Ikoyogen hills.
The hills environment maintains the lush green vegetation that makes it a favourite spot for animal grazing. The area is often called Ikoyogen Cattle Ranch.
This place provides a good blend of adventure and sightseeing. Tourists can visit the hills at any time of the year.
The Ikoyogen cattle ranch was developed for cattle grazing on the highlands and modeled after the Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State. The Ranch is located in Kwande Local Government area, about 35 kilometer East of Adikpo Town.
The area is endowed with national beauty which includes hills, a unique water fall, evergreen vegetable orchards and a temperate weather. The Resort also possesses a hotel as well as a Tourist village.
Dajo Pottery Limited
The International Multi Award Winning ceramic Industry, was founded in 1987 by Levi OBem Yakubu in Makurdi Benue State, Nigeria, and incorporated in Nigeria May 1990 with RC Number 149117.
Motto: Excellence Sustained
Goal: Dajo Pottery Ltd aims to be recognized as an excellent brand in local, national, regional and global ceramic markets. It seeks to be a household name whose products and services are appreciated because of their excellence and
Mission: To create and sustain excellent ceramic and allied products and services that are available at a
fordable cost in all accessible markets and to develop the ceramic arts, sciences and technologies as positive tools of local economic empowerment and contributors to national prosperity.
Dajo Pottery combines the best of the pottery tradition of several generations with contemporary techniques with the integration of the most current technology of the industry to create works of spectacular and unique appeal that in most comfortably with todays lifestyle. In accordance with companys motto of Excellence Sustained, Dajo Pottery Ltd ensures a happy combination of aesthetic utility in its wide range of products for its varied clientele that cuts across the socio-economic spectrum of the population. These include:
1. Flower Vases
Assorted ower vases include the African Queen, the D and G series and gure 8 vases.
These include lidded casseroles, chicken brick, cereal bowls, dessert bowls and tea/coffee sets as well as water and juice pitchers; platters of various sizes, colors and shapes for everyday use around the household.
3. Lamp stands
These include aesthetic pieces such as the African drum, the virgin of the Benue whose exotic shapes and hues add unique color and character to a room.
4. Digital murals (photo tiles) – Dajo Pottery is one of a select few places in the world that
uses cutting edge digital technology to ingrain permanent images on ceramic tiles to create a permanent historical or artistic illustrations on doors or walls of buildings.
5. African Art Icons
Modern ceramic renderings of ancient African artistic icons such as the terracotta artifacts of the NOK and the bronze sculptures of Benin provide artistic space for communication through the ages.
The Anwase-Abande ranges extend into the Nigerian-Cameroon border via the Obudu-Cameroon range; it is located in Kwande local government area. There are natural forests, great hills, dykes, valleys, streams and other natural formations in this area. Tourists can use the ranges for picnicking and mountaineering or hiking.
Ikwe Holiday Resort
Although the Ikwe holiday resort used to be a great travel spot for local and foreign tourists, the place is now a shadow of its former self. Tourists could enjoy privacy amidst the natural wonders of nature without being disturbed. The state governments needs to do more to improve the tourism potentials of this foremost holiday resort in the state.
Enemabia Warm Spring
The Enemabia warm spring is more or less the only warm spring in Benue State. Tourists can swim in its waters and enjoy the warming of natural spring. It is open night and day to visitors and it is a place anyone must check out once they visit the state.
Montane Games Reserve
This game reserve is one of the few in the state reserves where visitors and tourists can see wild and rare animals in their natural habitats. It hosts a community of people who are sweet to visitors, but the government needs to do more to prevent poaching in this reserve so as to preserve the integrity of the games reserve.
Tor Tiv Palace, Gboko
The Tor Tiv palace is located in Gboko, and is the official residence of the Tiv people. The palace is rich in historical artifacts and it tells the story and history of the Tiv people. You can also learn a lot about the
past ways of the earlier settlers in the area and gain insight into the cultural and traditional way of the native folks, including past wars and kings of the people.
Tiv Anger Weavers
Gifted weavers in the natural and local art of weaving gives their best in producing outstanding products. The Tivs are experts when it comes to weaving and associated crafts. You can see them at work when you visit or schedule an excursion for local students to know the crafts of the ancient people. Watching the weavers deal skillfully with baskets and fish-traps and other woven crafts is something that stays with tourists long after they have left Benue State.